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JBEI Chemical Engineering Pretreatment Postdoctoral Scientist (Onsite)

Emeryville, CA

Job ID: 693425

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What Your Job Will Be Like:

Are you looking for an exciting opportunity to do important and creative research? Sandia California’s Biomanufacturing and Biomaterials department is seeking a dedicated and hardworking Postdoctoral Scientist with expertise in chemistry and chemical engineering to join the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) Pretreatment Optimization and Process Integration team to develop novel technologies for the efficient feedstock-agnostic deconstruction of lignocellulose into fermentable carbon.

We are currently developing pretreatment technologies using novel solvents (ionic liquids, deep eutectic solvents and molecular solvents). The selected candidate will continue these efforts and will focus on several R&D areas, including: (1) optimizing pretreatment technologies to maximize deconstruction and conversion of native and engineered feedstocks, (2) demonstrating high efficiency pretreatment solvent recycling, and (3) developing methods to efficiently extract and fractionate lignin from engineered woods and grasses for downstream processing in collaboration with other JBEI teams. The candidate may also conduct limited work on hydrolysate fermentation and biocompatibility. We are seeking an individual with proficiency in biomass pretreatment and related separations and analytics and who can work with biochemists and microbiologists to explore integration of biomass pretreatment and deconstruction with bioconversion. This will be a multi-disciplinary effort, with opportunities to work with a wide range of experts in national labs and industry to conduct state-of-the-art R&D in lignocellulosic biofuels.

On any given day, you may be called on to:

  • Design and screen lignocellulosic pretreatment solvents and conduct lignocellulose analytics;

  • Conduct optimization campaigns to increase deconstruction efficiency on native and engineered woods and grasses;

  • Demonstrate recycle and reuse of pretreatment solvents using membrane-based techniques;

  • Partner with JBEI teams to integrate pretreatment technologies into a feedstocks-to-fuels conversion process

  • Participate in laboratory management and mentoring student interns;

  • Present results at project meetings and conferences.

Due to the nature of the work, the selected applicant must be able to work onsite.

Qualifications We Require:

  • PhD in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Fermentation, or a closely-related relevant field;

  • Demonstrated record of technical accomplishments (e.g., publications in high-impact scientific journals, presentations at national/international conferences).

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Proven experience with biomass pretreatment and separations;

  • Experience with process development and optimization;

  • Experience with solvent recovery and recycle through evaporative or membrane technologies;

  • Strong analytical characterization background (2D NMR, GC-MS, LC-MS, GPC, NIR, FTIR);

  • Handling high pressure reactors and in-line process monitoring;

  • Experience with fermentation of lignocellulosic hydrolysates;

  • Experience in research with set timelines;

  • Ability to conduct creative, independent research;

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

About Our Team:

The Biomaterials and Biomanufacturing department is dedicated to developing and advancing innovative technologies for producing the next generation of biofuels and biomaterials. Our multidisciplinary staff represents a diverse range of backgrounds and skill sets: molecular biology, chemistry, chemical and biochemical engineering, biophysics, computational science, and biochemistry. We partner broadly with other Sandia departments as well as other national laboratories, industry, and universities to develop practical, science-based solutions to national energy goals. We play an essential role in the DOE Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI), one of three Bioenergy Research Centers in the Nation advancing the next generation of biofuel technologies. JBEI is a multi-organizational research center comprising world-class resources and expertise located in one facility at Emeryville, California.

Posting Duration:

This posting will be open for application submissions for a minimum of seven (7) calendar days, including the ‘posting date’. Sandia reserves the right to extend the posting date at any time.

Security Clearance:

This position does not currently require a Department of Energy (DOE) security clearance.

Sandia will conduct a pre-employment drug test and background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications. Furthermore, employees in New Mexico need to pass a U.S. Air Force background screen for access to Kirtland Air Force Base. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause access to be denied or terminated, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment.

If hired without a clearance and it subsequently becomes necessary to obtain and maintain one for the position, or you bid on positions that require a clearance, a pre-processing background review may be conducted prior to a required federal background investigation. Applicants for a DOE security clearance need to be U.S. citizens. If you hold more than one citizenship (i.e., of the U.S. and another country), your ability to obtain a security clearance may be impacted.

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EEO:

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status and any other protected class under state or federal law.

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Position Information:

This postdoctoral position is a temporary position for up to one year, which may be renewed at Sandia's discretion up to five additional years. The PhD must have been conferred within five years prior to employment.

Individuals in postdoctoral positions may bid on regular Sandia positions as internal candidates, and in some cases may be converted to regular career positions during their term if warranted by ongoing operational needs, continuing availability of funds, and satisfactory job performance.

Job ID: 693425

Job Family: 92

Regular/Temporary Position: T

Full/Part-Time Status: F

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Benefits

  • Worklife Balance
  • Flexible Work Schedules
  • Generous Paid Time Off
  • Exceptional 401K Savings Plan
  • Medical/Dental/Vision Insurance
  • Wellness Programs
  • On-site Amenities
  • Vacation Buy Plan
  • Telecommuting Arrangements*

*with management approval

Life in California

  • Close proximity to first-tier universities, Silicon Valley companies, and other top research laboratories and facilities
  • Access to California’s finest public and private schools
  • Vineyards
  • Beaches
  • State Parks
  • Sports – Nearby major league franchises
  • Art haven
  • Proximity to SF Bay Area

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